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2015-16 REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS OFFENCE Goals Assists Goals per game Shots on goal Shots per game PIM Power play goals Power play opportunities Power play percentage

42 67 1.75 708 29.5 229 9 79 11.4

DEFENCE Goals against Goals against average Saves Save percentage

59 2.39 613 .912







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Chelsea Tucker 24 Amy Locke 20 Erin Locke 23 Rianna Langford 24 Kirsten Barbara 24 Lauren Cavarzan 24 Stephanie Dovaston 24 Jenna Gray 24 Tegan Duncan 24 Dana Somerville 22 Justine Treadwell 24 Raeanna Kelly 22 Erran Lee 23 Jessa McAuliffe 12 Sarai Whitty 20 Renata Bastos Gottgtroy 18 Cynthia St-Cyr 24 Sarah Conway 6 Sarah Laframboise 0 Caitlin Lee 24 Sarah Power 7 11 Steffei Samuel

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1309:37 43 1.97 548 .927 173:12 11 3.81 65 .855

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YORK LIONS potential to blossom this season with a year of experience under her belt, and incoming rookies Kelsey McHolm and Leah Hibbert. They are two of the three new players who headed east to join the Lions from the Winnipeg Avros, and they are both big power forwards who use their size to dominate on the ice. The biggest losses will be felt on the back end after the graduation of goaltender Megan Lee and former CIS all-Canadian defender Kristen Barbara. However, the openings have given new players the chance to step up and Church has high hopes for many of them.

The York Lions women’s hockey team enters the 2016-17 campaign with something to prove after narrowly missing out on the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. For the second year in a row, the Lions improved their point total from the previous season but it was not enough to secure a playoff berth in the OUA standings. The line-up has the talent to finish among the conference’s top eight and that remains something head coach Dan Church is eyeing for his squad, but he is more concerned with his team focusing on playing hard and sticking to their tough-to-playagainst style. “The focus has to be on how we compete day to day. We are not really looking at points but trying to improve in terms of the level of our performance. If we get better every day in practice and work hard to compete to the best of our ability, the points and the wins will take care of themselves and we will be in the right place at the end of the year.

“Jenna Gray is going to be the anchor for us. She and Lauren Cavarzan are the veterans, they both play a strong two-way game and they will shoulder the load defensively. I also think Cynthia St-Cyr is going to take a big step this year, and rookie Taylor Davison is an offensively talented defender who moves the puck well and has a great shot. She is of the ilk of Kristen Barbara and will fit in nicely.” Between the pipes there is a three-way battle for playing time between third-year netminder Alex Copley, sophomore Eva Hall and rookie Lauren Dubie. Church is confident all three can perform on any given night and that, as the season progresses, the competition between the three of them will help each of them elevate their games. The Lions’ last trip to the playoffs was in 2012, a semifinal run that was the best for the team under Church. That came before anyone on this year’s roster was part of the program, and the current Lions are poised to make their own mark in 2016-17.

“I want to be the most competitive team in the OUA. It’s about building ourselves up so that teams know they’ve played a tough opponent every time they face us. If we can do that, the success will follow.” This year’s roster features a strong blend of returning players and incoming freshmen. Up front the Lions return five of their top six scorers from last year, including each of the top four in Chelsea Tucker, Amy Locke, Erin Locke and Rianna Langford. Amy, the team captain, is a top-line centre for the squad while her younger sister, Erin, is a shifty playmaker who, as a rookie last season, made an immediate impact on the Lions. They will be complemented in the line-up by sophomore Tegan Duncan, a big centre with lots of speed who has the

I want to be the most competitive team in the OUA. It’s about building ourselves up so that teams know they’ve played a tough opponent every time they face us. DAN CHURCH - HEAD COACH

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Dan Church was named the head coach of the Lions women’s hockey program in 2004. In each of his first six seasons the Lions improved their regular-season record from the year before and in 2009 climbed as high as No. 7 in the CIS national rankings. They advanced to the OUA semifinals for the first time in 2012. He was also the head coach of the senior women’s national team for the 12 Nations Tournament in Vierumaki, Finland, in August 2011 and the 4 Nations Cup in Sweden. In April 2011 he was an assistant coach with the Canadian senior women’s team that won the silver medal at the world championships in Switzerland. In 2010, he served as head coach of the Canadian national women’s U18 team that won the gold medal at the world championships, Canada’s first women’s world title in that age group. In 2009, he served as the head coach of the Canadian team at the 24th FISU Winter Universiade in Harbin, China and led the squad to the gold medal in the inaugural event. Church was also head coach of the Canadian national U22 women’s team. That squad went 7-0 with him at the helm, sweeping a series against the United States before winning the European Air Canada Cup in Germany. Church is an NCCP fully certified Level 4 Master Coach and a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with Coaches of Canada. Before coming to York, he served as an assistant with the University of Toronto women’s hockey program for seven years. During that time, the Varsity Blues won four OUA titles and captured the CIS national championship in 2001.


Steve Dempsey has been an assistant coach with the Lions women’s hockey team since 2009, working mainly with the defence and penalty killing units. A Level 3-certified coach with the Coaching Association of Canada and certified with Hockey Canada in the high performance program, he has held several coaching positions within the Aurora Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) from the tyke to bantam levels. He has also served as a mentor coach with the New Zealand women’s national team since 2012.

Jen Rawson has been with the Lions coaching staff since 2012 and served as the head coach in 2013-14 while Dan Church was on sabbatical. Prior to coming to York, she was the head coach at the University of British Columbia in 2011-12, and before that she was an assistant with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues for five years after a standout playing career. Rawson was a forward for the Varsity Blues women’s hockey team from 1996-01, helping Toronto win three OUA championships (1996, 1999, 2001) in her five-year career. She had her best season in 2001 when, as captain, she led the Varsity Blues to the CIS championship and was named the tournament’s most valuable player. She was also the OUA female athlete of the year (BLG finalist) that season and was a CIS all-Canadian, an academic all-Canadian and an OUA all-star throughout her career. She went on to play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and was invited to a Canadian national team training camp. She was selected as a Toronto Varsity Blues Hall of Fame inductee in 2014. Rawson graduated from the University of Toronto with honours degrees in physical education and education. In addition to her coaching duties, she is also a high school teacher in Caledon.


Stephanie Lockert joined the Lions coaching staff in 2013. She had a stellar playing career in the CIS with the Toronto Varsity Blues as a goaltender, where she earned CIS allCanadian and OUA all-star honours two times each and went on to spend two seasons with the Vaughan Flames in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). Lockert graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours degree in life science and a master’s degree in public health. Away from the rink, she is a senior policy advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.






Dino Caggiula joined the Lions coaching staff in 2009 and brought to York more than 20 years of experience coaching women’s hockey, including eight years in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) with the Durham Lightning. He has won eight medals at the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) provincial championships, including five golds, two silvers and three bronzes. Caggiula also spent eight years as a volunteer head coach at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, winning six medals at the OFSAA championships, including two titles, and was the club coach for Olympic gold medallists Jen Wakefield, Natalie Spooner and Tara Watchorn. He is a two-time assistant coach with Team Ontario Blue, winning a silver medal in 2009, and in 2006 received the City of Pickering Civic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Amateur Athletics.


Jamie Joslin joined the Lions coaching staff in 2013 after a tremendous playing career at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, which she attended after earning a scholarship to the NCAA Division I school. She earned the rookie of the year award in her first season and was part of the squad that defeated nationally-ranked Mercyhurst to win the CHA conference championship for the first time in program history. She finished her playing career as an assistant captain and set numerous team records, including most assists in a single season as well as most goals, most points and most blocked shots, while earning a spot on the allconference second team and the all-academic team.

Rob Heholt joined the Lions coaching staff as the goaltending coach in 2008. A former football player at York, he is an instructor for McGuire Goaltending in Toronto and a head coach in the North York Knights minor hockey club. Heholt is also an assistant coach with the standing amputee national team and won a gold medal with the squad at the 2010 world championships in Montreal.


WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM EXCELS IN THE CLASSROOM The players on the Lions women’s hockey team are also high achievers in the classroom and, collectively, they have the highest GPA among all varsity teams at York. In the last three years the squad as produced a total of 27 CIS academic all-Canadians, including 10 for the 2015-16 season. Last year, the top five student-athlete GPAs were all from the women’s hockey team and this year second-year forward Tegan Duncan tops the list with a perfect 9.0 GPA, which she accomplished as a rookie last season. Also earning CIS academic all-Canadian honours for the 2015-16 season were current team members Caitlin Lee, Erran Lee, Amy Locke, Erin Locke, Steffei Samuel and Chelsea Tucker, as well as former players Renata Bastos Gottgtroy, Sarah Conway and Megan Lee.

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FIFTH-YEAR FORWARD BALANCES HOCKEY WITH NURSING Being a varsity student-athlete demands a lot of hard work and commitment both in the classroom and on the ice, and that is even more true of someone in a challenging academic program such as nursing. It’s the position that fifth-year York Lions women’s hockey player Rianna Langford finds herself in as she embarks on her final season with the team. She began in kinesiology and health science but transferred to nursing two years ago in part because of the inspiration of her parents, who are both family doctors, and an aunt who is a nurse. She will graduate at the end of this season and is thrilled with her decision to go into nursing. “The human body fascinates me and I am really enjoying the nursing program. Studying kinesiology has made me really interested in promoting physical activity and the prevention side of health care, but I’m also interested in getting right in there and doing the dirty work.”

Langford has had the opportunity to experience many different kinds of placements in the program, including in a long-term care facility, at a rehab clinic for people immediately following hip replacement surgery, on the cancer floor at a hospital and, currently, at Yorkwoods Public School. Balancing placement, classes, practice and games is a challenge, but she has embraced it and excelled. In the classroom she earned CIS academic all-Canadian honours in her third year, while on the ice she has finished in the team’s top four in scoring in each of the last two seasons while blossoming into a leader. Langford initially came to York in 2012 in large part to join her older sister Kiri, who at the time was in her third year with the Lions. It wasn’t the first time the two had played on the same team, but being able to attend school with her sister was an opportunity she could not turn down after initially getting into the sport because of Kiri. “I remember my dad took me to one of Kiri’s games and we were sitting and watching her play and he asked me if I wanted to play too. Of course I said yes, I always wanted to do what my big sister was doing.” She started in house league and played several years on a boys’ team until a girls’ program in her community was formed, and ultimately ended up with the Brampton Thunder in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League before coming to York. In her first four seasons with the Lions she had appeared in 85 games, including every contest in each of the last three years, and recorded 36 points. She will serve as an assistant captain this season and has high hopes for both the team and herself.

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“I definitely want to make the playoffs this year. I’ve never made it since being at York so that’s something I want to experience. And as a fifth-year player, I want to impart as much wisdom as possible on the younger players on the team.” Langford’s strong work ethic has proven to be a big asset for the Lions women’s hockey team, and it will no doubt serve her well in her future career in nursing as well.



D • 5’4 • 4th Year


• Appeared in all 24 games at defence in 2015-16 and tied for fifth in team scoring • An aggressive, tenacious defender who reads the game well • Played in 108 games over three seasons with Aurora Panthers, recording 17 points in final season

Business Administration Hamilton, Ont. Aurura Jr. Panthers (PWHL)


F • 5’6 • 1st Year



• Sees the game well and goes to the right places on the ice • Has a good scoring touch • Finished second in team scoring with Etobicoke Dolphins • Was high school class valedictorian and is a top student G • 5’5 • 3rd Year

Schulich School of Business Richmond Hill, Ont. Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL)

Administrative Studies Aurora, Ont. Barrie Sharks (PWHL)

1 • Will challenge the other goaltenders for playing time • Has a high skill level and competes hard • Started 16 games in one season with the Barrie Sharks • Earned York Region all-star honours as the starting goaltender at high school

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2013-14 24 0 0 0 6 2014-15 20 0 0 0 8 2015-16 24 1 8 9 33 Total  68 1 8 9 47


D • 5’6 • 1st Year

20 • An extremely talented offensive defender • Has a great ability to move the puck • Spent one season with the Burlington Barracudas in the PWHL • Twin sister, Sydney, is a rookie with the Guelph Gryphons

Criminology Oakville, Ont. Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL)


D • 5’6 • 3rd Year Criminology London, Ont. London Devilettes (PWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 24 0 6 6 20 2015-16 24 2 5 7 18 Total 48 2 11 13 38


G • 5’6 • 1st Year Psychology London, Ont. London Devilettes (PWHL)

10 • Assistant captain • Played in all regular season games in first two seasons, recording 13 points in 48 contests • A strong two-way defender who can also chip in offensively • Appeared in 76 games over two seasons with London Devilettes and was second in team scoring in 2013-14


G • 5’5 • 2nd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Main-A-Dieu, N.S. MacIntyre Chevy Panthers (NSFMHL)

Year  GP  W-L-T  GAA  SV% 2015-16 3 1-1-0 3.81 .855 Total 3 1-1-0

31 • An athletic goalie who brings a great deal of competitiveness each time she’s on the ice • Spent three seasons with her hometown London Devilettes • Had her best year in 2015-16 with a 1.98 goals against average and .924 save percentage • Helped high school team win the WOSSA championship in 2016

29 • Started three games last season as a rookie goaltender • Tall, athletic goaltender who covers a lot of the net • Appeared in 24 games as the starting goaltender for the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers in the NSFMHL last year, posting a goals against average of 3.64


F • 5’11 • 2nd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Oakville, Ont. Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2015-16 24 3 3 6 16 Total 24 3 3 6 16


F • 6’0 • 1st Year

Kinesiology & Health Science Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Avros (MMFHL)

20 • Appeared in all 24 games as a rookie and recorded six points • Earned CIS academic all-Canadian honours and had the highest GPA of all varsity student-athletes at York • Speedy forward with a high skill level • Appeared in 73 games over two seasons with Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins and was third in team scoring

9 • A big power forward who controls the game down low and creates havoc with her size • Has a big shot • Assistant captain with the Winnipeg Avros in the MFMHL and was second in team scoring last year • Invited to the Team Manitoba tryout camp for the top 40 players in the province


D • 5’7 • 1st Year Administrative Studies Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Avros (MMFHL)

• A steady defender with offensive upside • Appeared in 110 games over two seasons with the Winnipeg Avros in the MFMHL • Comes from an athletic family: grandfather, Ken Ploen, was a long-time CFL quarterback who won four Grey Cups; mother, Carol, played basketball at the University of Manitoba and brother, Ryan, was a quarterback at StFX



F • 5’11 • 3rd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Madoc, Ont. Kingston IceWolves (PWHL)


• Played in 23 games at forward last season and scored first career goal • Two-time CIS academic all-Canadian • A defensively-responsible power forward with good speed • Co-recipient of the PWHL’s Christie Rose Scholarship in 2014 • Twin sister, Caitlin, is also on the team

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 7 0 0 0 2 2015-16 23 1 2 3 2 Total 30 1 2 3 4

F • 6’0 • 1st Year Communications Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Avros (MMFHL)


F • 5’5 • 5th Year Nursing Collingwood, Ont. Brampton Jr. Thunder (PWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2012-13 13 1 0 1 8 2013-14 24 0 7 7 14 2014-15 24 6 12 18 16 2015-16 24 5 5 10 12 Total 85 12 23 36 50

F • 5’5 • 4th Year Kinesiology & Health Science Toronto, Ont. Etobicoke Dolphins (Mid. AA)


• A power forward with a great scoring touch who is also good on draws • Captain of the Winnipeg Avros in the MFMHL last year, where she led the team in scoring • Spent two seasons with the Avros, playing in 110 games and recording 69 points • Also a high-level softball player and competed in the national championships in 2014


• Assistant captain • Appeared in all 24 games for third consecutive season and finished fourth in team scoring • CIS academic all-Canadian in 2014-15 • A creative playmaker who is talented with the puck • Tied for fourth in team scoring with PWHL’s Brampton Thunder in 2011-12



Year  GP  2013-14 23 2014-15 24 2015-16 20 Total 67



• Team captain • Led the team in goals and was second in scoring last year • Two-time CIS academic all-Canadian • Uses speed to create offensive changes • Sister, Erin, is a teammate on the Lions and brother, Eric, was a seventh-round NHL draft pick in 2013

G  A  PTS  PIM 4 5 9 6 6 9 15 6 8 3 11 8 18 17 35 20



D • 5’10 • 3rd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Madoc, Ont. Kingston IceWolves (PWHL)

• An athletic goaltender with good lateral movement • Named a Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League second-team all-star in 2013 and all-rookie in 2012 • Backstopped high school team to league G • 5’5 • 3rd Year and regional champiBiomedical Science onships and qualified Hammonds Plains, N.S. Northern Subway Selects (NSFMHL) for provincial tournament in back-to-back years

• Appeared in all 24 games on defence last year • Two-time CIS academic all-Canadian • A big, solid defender who uses size and strength well • Co-recipient of the PWHL’s Christie Rose Scholarship in 2014 • Twin sister, Erran, is also on the team

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 12 1 2 3 4 2015-16 24 0 0 0 12 Total 36 1 2 3 16


F • 5’5 • 2nd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Toronto, Ont. Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins (PWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2015-16 23 4 7 11 16 Total 23 4 7 11 16




D • 5’10 • 2nd Year Kinesiology & Health Science Caledon, Ont. Stoney Creek Sabres (LLWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2015-16 7 0 0 0 0 Total 7 0 0 0 0

8 • Tied for second in team scoring as a rookie last year • A scorer and a playmaker whose skill level is off the charts • Played in 72 games over two seasons with Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins and recorded 33 points • Sister, Amy, is a teammate on the Lions and brother, Eric, was a seventh-round NHL draft pick in 2013

19 • Played in seven games in rookie season with Lions • A versatile defender with a high skill level and is good with the puck • Tallied 31 points in 76 games for the Stoney Creek Sabres in 2014-15 • Won the gold medal at the world championships with the Canadian national inline hockey team and a silver in 2014





• A speedy two-way forward who plays a 200-foot game • Spent one season with the Barrie Sharks in the PWHL • Two-time senior female athlete of the year in high school F • 5’7 • 3rd Year

F • 5’4• 1st Year

Education Markham, Ont. Aurura Jr. Panthers (PWHL)

Kinesiology & Health Science Mount Forest, Ont. Barrie Sharks (PWHL)

D • 5’11 • 2nd Year

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2015-16 24 1 1 2 6 Total 24 1 1 2 6


• Played in all 24 games in rookie season with Lions • Tall, rangy defender with offensive skill • Has a good shot from the point • Won the national silver medal at the Esso Cup with the North Bay Ice Boltz in 2013 • Recorded nine points in 38 games with the Nepean Wildcats last season



• A competitive player with a big shot • Rounds out the team’s depth on defence • Spent one season with the Ryerson Rams in 2014-15

D • 5’5 • 2nd Year Criminology Thornhill, Ont. Ryerson Rams (CIS)

• Has played in 18 games over two seasons with Lions • CIS academic all-Canadian • A hard-working player who can play at both ends of the ice • Recorded nine points in 38 games with Aurora Panthers in 2013-14

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 7 1 0 1 0 2015-16 11 0 0 0 6 Total 18 1 0 1 6


Business & Society New Liskeard, Ont. Nepean Wildcats (PWHL)


F • 5’5 • 3rd Year

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 23 1 4 5 12 2015-16 24 2 3 5 4 Total 47 3 7 10 16

F • 5’3 • 5th Year Communication Studies Hockley, Ont. Willowdale Red Wings (LLWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2012-13 11 0 0 0 4 2013-14 19 2 1 3 4 2014-15 23 2 3 5 10 2015-16 22 3 2 5 14 Total 53 7 6 13 32


Kinesiology & Health Science Huntsville, Ont. Barrie Sharks (PWHL)



• Has played in 47 games and recorded 10 points in two seasons with Lions • Was one of four Lions to join the Cops Cycle for Kids team and cycled 960km to Philadelphia to raise money for Toronto’s SickKids Hospital • A strong face-off specialist • Finished second in team scoring twice with PWHL’s Barrie Sharks

• Assistant captain • Has recorded 13 points in 53 games over four seasons with the Lions • CIS academic all-Canadian in 2014-15 • A skilled forward with good puck-moving skills • A member of the Canadian national inline hockey team, winning gold at the world championships in 2012 and 2016 and silver in 2013 and 2014


F • 53 • 3rd Year Psychology & Education Alliston, Ont. Barrie Sharks (PWHL)

Year  GP  G  A  PTS  PIM 2014-15 24 1 4 5 12 2015-16 24 1 11 12 12 Total 24 2 15 17 24



• More than doubled her point total from rookie season and led the Lions in scoring and assists last season • Two-time CIS academic all-Canadian • A small, speedy forward with good hands • Finished in the top five in team scoring in both seasons with Barrie Sharks

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REPRESENTING CANADA ON THE WORLD STAGE This past summer was an exciting one for two members of the York Lions women’s hockey team as Dana Somerville and Sarah Power were both part of the Canadian women’s inline hockey team that won the gold medal at the world championships in Asiago, Italy, in June. Team Canada won the championship with an undefeated record in pool play and a 3-1 win over the United States in the final. The result was sweet redemption after falling in the gold-medal game to the Czech Republic last year, a silver-medal showing that both Somerville and Power were part of. Somerville was on the 2012 squad that represented Canada’s most recent title before this summer. Many people are unaware that inline hockey is played at all, let alone at the international level. But it is a natural transition for high-level ice hockey players, even with the major changes between the two sports. “The structure is much different compared to ice hockey,” Somerville says about the two. “You play 4-on-4 and there are no blue lines, so it is more of a possession game. Going from ice skates to roller skates is easy, but the other way is weird. The roller skates have four wheels, so on my blade I feel like I have no toe.” Power agrees with Somerville that the skating is definitely the most challenging. “The hardest part about transitioning back and forth is the skating. At the beginning of our season here I felt like I was learning to skate all over again, but I picked it back up quickly.” Somerville and Power both started in ice hockey as little girls and took up inline hockey a few years later when they were looking for something to do in the summer. Each of them somewhat fluked into being part of the national team – Somerville’s club team in Mississauga already had a bunch of national team

players while Power was spotted by the coach when playing on a boys’ team – and they have experienced amazing things while getting the opportunity to travel the world and represent their country. “It’s exciting when you go to the tournament and get to meet the fans of the game,” said Somerville, who has travelled to Colombia, California, France and Italy with the team. “Canada is a top team and you are a role model to the people there who are really into the sport. There’s a lot of pride in representing your country, yourself, your school and your sport and to help with its growth.” This year Power played not only on the senior team but also the junior national team, captaining the squad to a bronze medal at the world championships the week after she won gold with the seniors. She was also on another traveling team that won a gold medal in Hawaii, and was asked to join an all-boys’ team at a tournament in Indiana. “The major highlights of my life are all the different places I’ve travelled because of inline hockey,” says Power. “The sport has given me amazing opportunities and I’ve had so much fun at all the tournaments. Next year’s world championships are in China and I 100 per cent will be trying out for the team and hoping to go.” For now, both Somerville and Power are focused on contributing to the Lions for the 2016-17 campaign. It will be Somerville’s last with the team before she embarks on a career that she hopes will be in public relations, while Power is entering her second season and continuing to develop her skills both in inline and ice hockey. Even after Somerville graduates the two may still to be teammates for years to come as they continue to represent Canada on the world stage.



York University’s student-athletes have been competing against rival institutions on the Canadian sports scene for over 40 years. Provincial and national team titles, combined with numerous athletes and coaches who have participated on many of Canada’s national teams, attest to the success of York’s varsity program. Since the inception of organized sports competition in 1965, York has won 173 provincial banners and 36 national titles. Athletics & Recreation offers 19 varsity sport teams that compete in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The varsity sport teams are guided by a tremendous coaching staff that is composed of NCCP certified professionals, many of whom also hold leadership positions in provincial and national sport organizations. The staff includes more than 100 dedicated full-time and part-time coaches.

ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT At York, we understand that academic and financial support are significant keys to success at the university level and we have a number of programs in place to provide all the support necessary for student-athletes to thrive.

PROVIDING ATHLETES WITH WINNING STRATEGIES (PAWS) Athletics & Recreation has placed the highest priority on supporting its student-athletes in all facets of university life, focusing specifically on helping foster success in the classroom. The PAWS Program provides tutoring across multiple subjects for all students, mentoring from senior student-athletes, academic advising through our academic services coordinator and many of our faculty, and access to our vast network of alumni.

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS York University is committed to helping students with demonstrated financial need meet the direct education costs associated with university studies (tuition, books and mandatory course fees). Financial assistance can be provided from a variety of sources including OSAP, scholarships, bursaries, private awards and employment. Athletics & Recreation understands the importance of providing Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs) to entering student-athletes and has developed a number of awards, valued at $22,500 each ($4,500 per year up to five years). These awards are given annually to elite student-athletes that have achieved an 80% entering average and maintain a 6.0 grade point average.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING York University is one of only a handful of institutions in Canada that has two dedicated strength and conditioning coaches for its student-athletes. The Lions work closely with strength and conditioning staff, who create programs based on the needs of the athlete and coaches on high-performance lifts and movements. Team and individual workouts are available and education on all aspects of strength and conditioning is provided, including proper warm-ups and cool-downs, plyometrics, power, energy systems development, strength and flexibility.

Programs are created for both in-season and off-season workouts. Every training session is designed for the needs of the athlete and individual sport. The training phase and focus changes throughout the year and are based on the competition schedule and off-season periodization program. The strength and conditioning coaches also work closely with the athletic therapy group on rehabilitating injured players. All Lions have access to the varsity strength and conditioning centre, which is for the exclusive use of our student-athletes. Training here allows you to work in a high-performance environment where all equipment and programming is selected with the needs of the high-performance athlete in mind.

SPORT INJURY CLINIC The Gorman/Shore Sport Injury Clinic features a full staff of athletic therapists and team doctors with significant experience in the medical field, and many of the doctors are recognized as some of the top experts in the country in their specific fields. In addition to sport medicine physicians, York employs a large variety of specialists including an orthopedic surgeon, dentist, neurosurgeon, radiologist, cardiologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, osteopath, pedorthist and a mental health specialist. The team brings to York experience at multiple Olympic Games and world championships, as well as with professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. The sport injury clinic is a teaching clinic, with students from York University’s Athletic Therapy Certificate Program completing their clinical placements under the direct supervision of the clinic manager and supervisor. Because of this, most medical care for student-athletes is free of charge. Each varsity team is assigned at least one student athletic therapist who spends the entire season with the team and attends all practices and games. Lions student-athletes also have access to a fully-equipped clinic for all of their treatment needs.


ATHLETICS & RECREATION WEAR THE BEST Visit the Pride Shop to purchase your official Lions merchandise in the lobby of the Tait McKenzie Centre! Check out our new & exciting 2016/17 selection.

LION PRIDE UNITE YORK STUDENTS FREE With the presentation of a valid YU-card at the door for all regular-season home games.

Adults $10.50 Alumni/York Staff $7.50 Seniors (over 55) $7.50 Non-York Students $7.50 Youth (under 13) Free Family Pass $40.00 Prices include taxes and $0.50 service fee. Group rates available for 10 or more paying guests. Email for details.

STAY ACTIVE, BE HEALTHY Diverse programming to meet your interests and needs. Take advantage of opportunities based on your time, skills and personal development goals. • Group drop-in fitness classes in Beat Kik, BOSU ABT, Core Circuit, Shread and more • Instructional classes in aquatics, cycling, dance, fitness, martial arts, pilates, and yoga

• Personal Training • Casual Recreation • Intramurals • Sport Clubs

Wear RED at select games and you could win!

Get the coolest ticket in town! This year’s games will feature live entertainment, themed nights, surprise give-a-ways, food trucks and much more.

Bring your bestie and cheer us on! @yorkulions

2016-17 Women's hockey yearbook  

2016-17 Women's hockey yearbook